Sun Tzu's Golden Key to Competition

Sun Tzu's strategy enables you to make better, faster, decisions every day. On this site, you can learn about the science of his system, and its history in dozens of free articles. You can even download a free ebook copy of The Art of War. Sun Tzu's system works by redefining completion, not as a conflict but as a comparison. His system teaches us how to make the right choices to improve our position relative to others. Read more about Sun Tzu's unique view of competition here.

Today's Article: 6.5.1 Dissipating Response - The five keys to responding to dissipation by the use of offense as defense.

The Dissipating Situation arises when we are targeted for an attack by a capable foe and, as a result, our supporters are likely to desert us to protect themselves. The response must both protect an existing position while avoiding meeting an overpowering opponent. The critical danger of the dissipating situation is that it undermines the unity of our supporters (1.7.1 Team Unity).

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The Golden Key to Your Power

Sun Tzu teaches that most people don't understand the true nature of competition and their own power. We lay out the keys to discovering your power in our award-winning book, The Golden Key to Strategy  now in it ten-year anniversary edition, 101 Lesson in Winning Small Victories Every Day, Also available is our 7 1/2 hour audio training course which plays just like any digital album you download. If you are new to Sun Tzu's ideas, you want to read this article. 

Train Your Brain: On-line Training in Competitive Comparison

The Warrior Class is designed like a game app. It offers 306 lessons in Sun Tzu's competitive methods. Each series of lessons is a game where you win or lose warrior health points. You must stay healthy to move to the next level. In each lesson, you make decisions about how competition works. After you make your choices, you learn the  principles of Sun Tzu's The Art of War.  The course covers each paragraph of Sun Tzu's text from beginning to end. You can receive a certificate of completion upon completing each of its three parts.Warrior Class Lessons are both challenging and fun. They are also self-paced. 

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Learning By Doing

Warrior Class Lessons force you to make mistakes. By forcing you to make mistakes, they speed your learning and change your thinking. The simple truth is that we all learn many times faster from our mistakes. Read more about our methodology here.

Are You a Worker or Warrior?

Warriors make decisions. Workers follow orders. Warriors see every task as a personal challenge. Workers put themselves at the mercy of others. Warriors get what they deserve. Workers get what they are given. In today's world, warriors are in demand everywhere. Workers are available everywhere. Worker or Warrior? The choice is yours.  Read more about today's working warriors.

Easy Steps to Making Winning Choices

As Sun Tzu said, competition is complex but good strategy is a simple matter of learning to make the right comparisons. People are usually surprised by how many powerful tools his Golden Key approach offers, but its most basic tools are immediately valuable.  We offer a simple road map to get you started. The sooner you start on the road to making winning decisions, the faster you can improve your position. 
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Advance Membership Access

Scholar Membership is our highest level of access to materials for students of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. It gives you access to all our exclusive on-line training material in Sun Tzu's methods. Read more about becoming a scholar member here.

Situation Specific: Sun Tzu's Golden Key Playbook.

A great deal of Sun Tzu's work is situation specific. The problem is that a given lesson is easily ignored or forgotten because it doesn't apply to your current situation. Sun Tzu's Golden Key Playbook breaks down Sun Tzu's methods into very specific lessons. As the result of over a decade of work. It details Sun Tzu's Art of /War strategy into a series of step-by-step articles. Each article explores the opportunities hidden in different situations. It was developed over the years by the Institute's multiple award-winning author and founder, Gary Gagliardi from his work training leaders in the world's largest organizations. Read more about the Play Book.

Nine Formulas: Nine Uncommon Skills.

Sun Tzu's system of making the right choices depends on knowing how to make simple comparisons. Successful people are not gifted from birth. They are ordinary people who developed a very specific set of skills. Most develop these skills through costly trial and error. Success requires a least a little skill in nine different areas of making the right comparisons and the right choices. Read more about these nine skills.

The Art of War and Mistranslation

No book written in the conceptual ancient Chinese can be completely translated into English prose. Most translations are based on manuscripts that are now considered incomplete. The translators usually are familiar with modern Chinese rather than ancient Chinese. Few translators understand the system of Chinese philosophy that underlies its system.  Read more about translation problems here.

Keys to Sun Tzu's The Art of War

Sun Tzu's book is one of the most valuable works in human history. It is also one of the most difficult to understand. All English translations are an approximation of the original Chinese, which is more like mathematical formulas that English sentences. Much of Sun Tzu's writing is based on concepts in traditional Chinese science and philosophy with which modern readers are unfamiliar.  Read more about the keys to Sun Tzu.

Golden Key Strategy and Tactics

There are dozens of schools of strategy. Most ideas of strategy are rather academic, designed to sell consulting. For Sun Tzu, the process of making decisions that affect positions, that is, choosing responses to a competitive situations. is the whole of strategy.  The methods for executing a response are the whole of tactics. The "golden key" of strategy is weighing alternatives correctly. Read more about the key differences between strategy and tactics.

Globalization and a More Competitive World

Competition is now worldwide. This means that people all over the wolrd are being compared to one another. In the past, people could plan on staying with the same organizations for a lifetime, so they  didn't worry about their competitive position every day. That world is gone forever. Today, we have to constantly evaluate our position in the workforce and make smarter decisions about how to improve our position. Read more about why today's world requires Sun Tzu's thinking.

Surviving 2,500 Years of Testing.

Throughout history, people have rediscovered the same success principles over and over again. Sun Tzu was the first to describe them in his The Art of War, but the same formulas for making decisions are described in slightly different terms in every competitive arena from sports to politics. This "Golden Key" Strategy is universal because it is based on human nature and our response to challenges. Read more about how it works.